A Consensus Speaker of the House!

More centrist fantasies.

Trump’s Run Exasperates GOP Elite, Thrills Dems

Some of the early reactions to the inevitable announcement tell the tale.

Trump Special Counsel Likely

The Justice Department is looking to inoculate itself against charges of partisanship.

Biden Warns Democracy at Stake

Is the President governing like he means it?

Imagining a Stolen 2024 Election

It’s easy if you try.

Trump Subpoenaed by January 6 Committee

A dramatic if likely symbolic move.

American Civil War II is Unlikely but Not Impossible

A repeat of 1860 can’t happen. But something even worse could.

Quick Hits

A few stories to comment on that did not lead to full posts.

Cheney in ’24?

Thoughts on the scenarios.

Private vs Public Opinion

What we believe and what we say we believe are often not the same.

Liz Cheney Walloped in Primary

The Trumper consolidation of their control of the GOP continues.

Liz Cheney’s Future

She’ll almost certainly be out of a job in January. Then what?

Liz Cheney 2024?

She’s almost certainly going to lose her House seat. Can she get a promotion?

Defending the Constitution Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic

What should conservatives who can’t support the party of Trump do?

Being Known by the Company you Keep

Meeting with people who are essentially couplotters should be disqualifying.

Democrats Even Madder at Manchin

The West Virginia Senator has pulled away the football yet again.

January 6 Committee Closing in On Trump

New evidence gets us a wee bit closer to a smoking gun.

The Weak Case Against the January 6 Committee

Republicans killed their parents and demanding mercy for being orphaned.

Thoughts on the Hearings

It was far more compelling than expected.

January 6 Committee Public Hearings: Day 1

The laying out of the case begins.

January 6 Committee Divided on Which Non-Starter Recommendations to Make

They’re taking their eye off the ball.

January 6 Committee Subpoenas Republican Leaders

An unprecedented manuever in response to unprecedented obstruction.

Garland Under Pressure to Indict Trump

Democrats want the DOJ to act more quickly.

Judge: Trump Committed Crimes

His conversations with lawyers about stealing the election are not protected by privilege.

Ginni Thomas the Insurrectionist

A Supreme Court Justice’s wife urged the White House and Congressional Republicans to steal the 2020 election.

America’s Four Parties

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans truly represent most Americans. Fixing that is exceedingly unlikely.

Jan 6 Committee Alleges Trump Criminal Conspiracy

The former President should have known that his claims of election fraud were baseless.

Normalizing Political Violence

In their censure of Cheney and Kinzinger the GOP wants to rewrite history.

Stupid 2024 Fantasies

The silly season has commenced a mite early.

Could Trump Face Criminal Charges for January 6 Actions?

The head of the House investigatory committee seems to think so.

The Latest Example of the Nonhierarchical Nature of US Parties

A minor story that illustrates a far bigger problem in our politics.

Where Do the Republicans Go From Here?

This man is the face of the post-Trump party.

Women Likely to be Included in Draft

A long-overdue change appears to be happening.

Saving American Democracy

The Politician’s Syllogism rears its ugly head.

Kinzinger to Serve on 1/6 Committee

Another GOP member is added to the investigation.

The January 6 Commission will be All-Democratic

A chance for a real investigation? Ruined legitimacy?

Money and Intra-Party Competition

More in a series of ongoing observations about the GOP primaries.

McCarthy’s Continued 1/6 Investigation Obstruction

Short-term politics and long-term harm.

Start the Steal?

Cries that American democracy is in jeopardy are not hyperbole.

Bipartisan Commission Dies From Lack of Bipartisanship

The country is in peril.

The GOP: Not a Civil War, Not a Purge

The GOP is actually pretty healthy at the moment, despite some public rhetoric to the contrary.

Liz Cheney and the GOP

A quick lesson about American parties.

The Big Lie Has Become a Litmus Test

Republicans who admit Joe Biden won the election fair and square are being driven from the party.

Competitive Pressures and Party Behavior

Assessing Republican strategic positioning (and the incentives in our system).

Not Will Rogers’ Democratic Party

The case of Katie Porter’s committee assignments.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Stripped of Committee Assignments

House Democrats have done what their Republican colleagues refused to do.

Republican Leadership Face Tests with Cheney and Greene

Mitch McConnell is testing out his spine again.

The Leaderless GOP

The Republican Party is not really a thing.